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Can deadly Geaney derail the Crokes?

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CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL

Dr Crokes v Dingle

Sunday, April 29 at 2.30pm

(Austin Stack Park) 

Dingle are a good side. The bookies have them as second favourites to win the County Championship and their unblemished record in the Club Championship to date speaks for itself. It would certainly be unfair to call them a one-man team.

But in Paul Geaney the men from the west have one of the deadliest forwards in the country. If the Crokes are to secure a second consecutive Kerry Club Football Championship, they’ll need a special plan for the former All-Star forward. If current form is anything to go by, it’ll be easier said than done.

Geaney bagged six of Dingle’s eight goals in the group stage as they made relatively light work of Kenmare, Rathmore and Legion and if the reigning champions aren’t careful, the 27-year-old is more than capable of putting them to the sword.

The good news for the Crokes is that they have actually been extremely stingy in defence so far this year. The Lewis Road club have kept three straight clean sheets in the County League and altogether Shane Murphy has only been beaten three times in their six games up to this point. Keeping Geaney and Dingle goalless on Sunday would surely lead to a fifth Club Championship in seven years for Pat O’Shea’s men because, apart from that anomaly against Glenbeigh-Glencar (0-9 to 0-9) on the opening day of the league, they’ve registered at least 18 points in every game this season.

The finalists met in Páirc an Ághasaigh last week in the County League but a number of regulars were missing from both sides. Encouragingly for the Crokes, a number of youngsters made valuable contributions, most noticeably the prodigious David Shaw and Mark O’Shea who scored 1-2 and 1-1 respectively. Michael Potts also chipped in with three points and Jack Griffin came off the bench to add 0-2 as the visitors ran out 2-12 to 0-7 winners.

Colm Cooper was the only old head in the forward division, which was made up by Paul Clarke, Gavin O’Shea, Potts, Shaw and Mark O’Shea. The likes of Daithí Casey, Kieran O’Leary, Brian Looney and Tony Brosnan are likely to come back in for the decider but the new brigade did their chances of breaking into the starting 15 no harm at all.

Gooch and co. will undoubtedly be favourites to prevail but Dingle will have fond memories of the 2015 Club Championship final when they halted Crokes’ quest for four-in-a-row with a memorable 2-12 to 0-14 win. If their free-scoring talisman can continue his rich vein of form, another major upset could be on the cards – although it would also take a very bad day at the office from the Crokes.

 

Verdict: Crokes by six

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Killarney man to launch second Irish history book

By Sean Moriarty Killarney native Patrick O’Sullivan Greene will launch his second book in the Great Southern Killarney on December 2. O’Sullivan Greene explains Éamon de Valera’s mission to gain […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Killarney native Patrick O’Sullivan Greene will launch his second book in the Great Southern Killarney on December 2.

O’Sullivan Greene explains Éamon de Valera’s mission to gain recognition for the newly formed Irish republic in New York in 1919 in his latest book ‘Revolution at the Waldorf: America and the Irish War of Independence’.

Without American recognition and funding the young Irish Government was sure to fail against the might of the British Empire and the book tells the story of how de Valera and Ireland-based Michael Collins – much to the defiance of the British authorities at Dublin Castle – got the new State off the ground.

O’Sullivan grew up in New Street and is now based in Beaufort after a career in finance took him all over the world including Dublin, London, New York and France.

“Killarney is the natural place for me to launch the book,” he told the Killarney Advertiser.

“There will be an interesting mix of people there.”

O’Sullivan Greene published his first book, ‘Crowdfunding the Revolution: The First Dáil Loan and the Battle for Irish Independence’, in 2020.

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Caring group craft charity blankets

By Michelle Crean One community group have shown that they care deeply for others by crafting handmade blankets for charity. Using their range of skills and some colourful wool, members […]

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By Michelle Crean

One community group have shown that they care deeply for others by crafting handmade blankets for charity.

Using their range of skills and some colourful wool, members of Kilcummin Community Care worked together to make blankets for service users on the Kerry Cork Cancer Health Link Bus.

“Each blanket is assigned as a personal gift to the clients using the Cancer Link Bus and is kept by them,” Kate Fleming, Chairperson of Kilcummin Community Care, said.

The knitting of the squares to make the blankets began at a gathering in the Rose Hotel in 2018. It was a gathering of different volunteer groups.

The Kerry Cork Cancer Health Link Bus were requesting knitted squares to make blankets for the clients who were using their facilities, she explained.

“Kilcummin Community Care were knitting at the time, so it was decided to help out this worthy cause. We received donations of wool from people in the parish and surrounding areas. Kilcummin ICA also got involved in the efforts.”

During the two years of COVID-19, members of both organisations continued to knit and are still knitting to the present day.

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